Poignant images of a patient shaking uncontrollably on a Wuhan bed claimed to show a victim of the coronavirus.
The widely shared video shows the patient contorting himself furiously under the covers as masked spectators watch him in aghast.
But it’s unclear who the passers-by are – they don’t appear to be medics, who usually treat victims in full hazmat suits.
The brief clip believed to be captured from the outbreak’s epicenter in eastern China’s Hubei province was released on social media as the virus’s death toll reached 80.
More than 2,000 people around the world have been infected with the disease that emerged in Wuhan – a city that has now been quarantined.
Poignant images of patient shaking uncontrollably on Wuhan bed reportedly showed coronavirus victim
Caught off guard by the crisis, Beijing scrambled to build more hospital beds and import protective suits after admitting a dire shortage of both.
In the video, the shaking patient is lying on a rickety stretcher in a crowded room.
Coronavirus victims are in isolation in quarantine, suggesting the patient may not yet be in hospital.
Journalist Dmitry Zolotarev tweeted the clip with the caption: “Patient suffering from severe convulsions caused by CORONAVIRUS. #Wuhan. ‘
It comes as China is accused of erasing raw footage from the internet showing the horror crisis.
A nurse struggling with the outbreak said the government was downplaying the volume of infections and said the actual figure was 90,000.
Medical staff wearing clothes to protect themselves against the coronavirus walk outside a hospital in Wuhan, where the infection has broken out
Members of the media get their temperature checked before attending a press conference by the State Council’s Information Office on the novel coronavirus outbreak in Beijing
But regime officials pushed back on cover-up accusations and insisted they had “followed the principles of openness and transparency” since the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, Hubei province last week. .
And for the sake of transparency of the project, they announced daily press briefings on the threat posed by the virus from tomorrow.
Beijing’s health minister today assured reporters that authorities have stepped up efforts to stop the spread of the disease after acknowledging that their knowledge of how it mutates is limited.
Ma Xiaowei added that the administration will continue to restrict transport links and suppress scheduled public gatherings.
Ma said he had “maintained close communication with the World Health Organization” and invited inspectors to review the country’s response.
He also revealed that Beijing was sharing information with other countries after the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada all confirmed cases.
Director of China Center for Disease Control and Prevention Gao Fu speaks at State Council Information Office press conference